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Conservation Corps at Work

AmeriCorps VISTA provides much needed experience and staff by Francesca Governali, Community Engagement Coordinator, Continental Divide Trail Coalition As of June 2020, I had never hiked on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and knew very little about this 3,000+ mile National Scenic Trail beyond its existence…

Civilian Climate Corps

Secretary Haaland promises to work to advance President Biden’s vision On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Deb Haaland took the oath of office to become the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior—making history as the first Native American to hold the office.   “I…

PNTS Welcomes New Board Members May 2021

STEVEN GONZALES Returning board member, Steven Gonzales, is Executive Director of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. In addition to his work with the Partnership, he has promoted National Parks and the Camino Real in two PBS documentaries and has served…

Land Acquisition: Lessons Learned on the Ala Kahakai NHT

by Kaleo Paik, Director of Philanthropy, Ala Kahakai Trail Association The Ala Kahakai Trail Association (ATA) has found itself a landowner in the last several years, but not in a way that most acquire lands. We were very reluctant to engage in land ownership as…

Forest Service 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge

by Meckenzie Helmandollar-Powell, US Forest Service The Forest Service is inviting agency employees, partners, and volunteers alike to share in the leadership of achieving sustainable National Forest System trails through implementation of the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge (1). The Trail Challenge was officially launched…

A Message to Existing and New Partners and Volunteers with the Forest Service

by Meckenzie Helmandollar-Powell, US Forest Service Hello valued trail partners and volunteers.  The Trail Challenge is a challenge for all of us who care for and receive benefits from trails—including you—to achieve more sustainable trails. You are invited to help with any element of the…

Honor-Respect-Preserve For Lewis and Clark Veterans and Tribal People

by Jim Mallory, Lewis and Clark Trust Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, is inspirational in more ways than showing respect to AmericanVeteran Grave’s in National Cemeteries. The now-famous picture of snow-covered graves in Arlington National Cemetery with green wreaths and red bows placed at…

Thru-Hiking and Covid-19: Ice Age Trail

by Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Philanthropy, Ice Age Trail Alliance For all trail organizations nationwide, 2020 provided more twists and turns than a series of switchback climbs. With thousands turning to trails for mental and physical health, our organizations faced unprecedented pressures. Naturally, determining whether…

Thru-Hiking and Covid-19: Continental Divide Trail

by Francesca Governali  Community Engagement Coordinator, Continental Divide Trail Coalition Covid-19 had a significant impact on much of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2020 and we continue to adapt as vaccines are rolled out and guidance in our trail States changes. We saw a…

Virtual Success: Star-Spangled Banner NHT

by Kate Marks Hardy, Partnership Coordinator/Trail Manager, Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail  With all the 2020 school and public outreach programs for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (SSBNHT) cancelled due to Covid-19, Trail staff looked to collaborate with other organizations to reach audiences virtually. …